England left wing back Danny Rose admitted that his side was lacklustre in their 1-0 friendly win over Switzerland. The match, played at the Kind Power Stadium, saw England perform poorly in the first half.
After all, three of the starting players had not yet started a match for their clubs this season. Also, England boss Gareth Southgate had made wholesome changes to the side that lost 2-1 to Spain in the UEFA Nations League.
This patchy England first half performance put them in danger of a record fourth successive defeat. Following their World Cup semi-final loss to Croatia, the Three Lions also went down to Belgium and Spain.
In fact, it was the Swiss that bossed the match in the first half with 65% possession. According to Rose, this did not go down well amongst the players themselves. “We were outplayed. It was a bit embarrassing. We could have been two or three down. It’s great we can all shout at each other and tell each other it’s not good enough,” he told The Guardian.
Rose was one one of England’s better players on the field. Southgate is said to have also given a stern half-time talk that fired up the team. A stronger second half display saw England score through Marcus Rashford in the 54th minute.